Historic Photos of Reno

Historic Photos of Reno

by Donnelyn Curtis (Text by)


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Reno was first known as a mid-nineteenth century mining town, owing to Nevada’s ample supply of silver and gold. Over the next hundred years, the city became an urban playground, notorious for a lax political environment that encouraged unconventional activities such as prizefighting, gambling, and uncontested divorce. Historic Photos of Reno tells the story of Reno’s development through nearly 200 archival black-and-white photographs. Author Donneyln Curtis transports the reader through the city’s history, illustrating how a sleepy mining community grew into the “biggest Little City in the World.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684420148
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Series: Historic Photos Series
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Donnelyn Curtis is the Director of Research Collections & Services and Head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, where she has been a librarian since 1998. She has written and edited articles and books for librarians on subjects such as electronic resources and services for remote library users.

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Ann On Everything

"It's a wonderful book for anyone interested in the history of Reno and surrounding areas such as the Sierra and Virginia City . . . The first one in the first section is really interesting-a train of freight wagons traveling down a snowy hill on Donner Pass about 1896. One of the earliest views of Reno shows Myron Lake's hotel and the first (steel) bridge across the Truckee about 1883. The foreground is vacant land. Some of the others that caught my eye were bridges under construction and aerial photos. A photo that surprised me was one of a shantytown on the Truckee River in 1944. Another thing that surprised me was how city-like downtown Reno looked in the 1940s-"biggest little city" might have been the perfect slogan. And I always love to look at old photos of the university because it has preserved most of its buildings; it's easy to compare its past with its present."--(Ann On Everything, blog.annonn.com)

Susan N

"I received a copy of a new coffee table-sized book on Reno titled Historic Photos of Reno, published by Turner Publishing Company. The author, Donnelyn Curtis, is a librarian with the University of Nevada, Reno, and Director of Research Collections & Services and Head of Special Collections there. Her pictures and commentary cover the first century or so of Reno from around 1868 to the end of the 1970s. I not only read the book and looked at the outstanding pictures culled from the university archives and other collections, I also shared the book with my landlord who has lived in Reno since 1947. We spent several hours browsing the book and reading the captions, and we both came to the conclusion this is the best pictorial volume about Reno we have seen. Curtis took great care in selecting the photographs, all of them black and white, covering many aspects of Reno's history...I can't recommend this book enough for those who are interested in local history as I am."--(Susan N, snunes.blogspot.com)

Robert Payne

"As an amateur photographer and writer, a graduate of the University of Nevada, and a former resident of Reno, I assumed I would find great pleasure in combing through the composition of someone who has made a career out of compiling and organizing historical information about the area. I was not disappointed. Donnelyn Curtis is the Director of Research Collection & Services and head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, where she has been a librarian since 1998. She embarked upon the painstaking task of compiling some of the most poignant and compelling black and white photographs, complete with text and captions that Reno historians have meticulously gathered over the years. The combination of context and imagery provides a window into the raw soul of a city that has weathered a rich and sorted past."--(Robert Payne, blog.robertpayne.net)

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